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Wi-Fi Experiment Proves Internet Access Is More Important Than Your Firstborn

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A free wireless network in London proved nobody reads the Terms and Conditions they agree to.

Six British users signed up for an open Wi-Fi network called F-Secure in a busy public area of London and agreed to the terms despite a “Herod Clause.”

Users were allowed to use free Wi-Fi and in exchange “the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity.”

While only six people signed up, another 33 devices connected to the network once the terms were removed. All 39 users left their personal data, including passwords, vulnerable on the open network, The Guardian reported.

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The June experiment, organized by the Cyber Security Research Institute, aimed to prove the insecurity of public hotspot Wi-Fi. The Finnish security firm F-Secure says it will not be collecting their due.

“We have yet to enforce our rights under the terms and conditions but, as this is an experiment, we will be returning the children to their parents,” F-Secure wrote in its report.

“Our legal advisor Mark Deem points out that – while terms and conditions are legally binding – it is contrary to public policy to sell children in return for free services, so the clause would not be enforceable in a court of law,” the company said.

The researchers suggests that turning off Wi-Fi in public and deleting old "known" networks could protect devices from metadata hacks.

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Sources: The Guardian, Washington Post

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